Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Endorses Texas Sports Betting

Written By Giovanni Shorter on January 18, 2023
Texas Sports Betting

The politicians and lobbyists pushing for sports betting in Texas have another endorsement from a prominent figure. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has publicly stated his support for a sports betting market in the Lone Star State. Jones joins fellow Dallas franchise owner Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry in support of Texas sportsbooks.

Jones Sees Money Leaving Texas As A Concern

The franchise owner sees that Texans want to wager and are thusly sending their funds to other markets to do so. Texas is losing out on potentially tens of millions in revenue annually from a sports betting market. Meanwhile, neighboring states like Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico have options for bordering Texans to wager.

“We should be getting the benefit of it as other states are,” said Jones. “Other states surrounding us are. So, it’s a time for us to, I think, set the rules up and execute on it and get the benefits of it.”

Texas legislators have tried and failed on numerous occasions to bring a regulated market to residents. Meanwhile, more than half the country has some form of betting option for its residents. Texas continues to be falling behind in this regard.

The Lone Star State is home to professional teams in all major U.S. sports and a slew of local collegiate programs. There is a strong sports fanbase in Texas that would surely embrace the market. This is something that Jerry Jones and other prominent supporters of Texas sports betting see.

Texas Lawmakers Push For Betting In 2023

There is hope, as the 2023 legislative session will see a sports betting attempt. SJR 17 was prefiled ahead of the session by Sen. Carol Alvarado. This measure would allow for retail and online sports betting should it pass.

Lawmakers seeing the billions wagered in the U.S. every month should help motivate them to support a local market. California, Florida, and Texas are three of the largest most populated states who do not have regulated betting options.

The major success of New York’s sports betting industry should be viewed as a blueprint to how big betting in any of these states can be.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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